After being awarded with the international tag for six years, the Chandigarh Airport finally announced its plans of launching its cargo facility from November 1, 2021.
The Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHAIL) as of now was only providing a common screening facility for domestic cargo, while the airlines — Air India, Indigo, Vistara and GoAir — were handling the goods on their own.
Spread over 14,127 square metres, the air cargo complex in Chandigarh is being constructed at a cost of INR 11.5 crore and will have five cargo sheds, to handle both domestic and international cargo, including perishable goods.
Inaugurated on September 11, 2015, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the announcement for the international airport’s cargo facility was first made in February this year by the Punjab government. Presenting the budget, finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal said that the facility will give boost to the industry and provide better access to international and domestic markets.
“Around 85% of the construction is done, and we are hopeful of completing the work by mid-October, and begin the facility from November 1. Some clearances are also awaited, and we are hopeful of get them from the authorities concerned in a couple of weeks.”~Ajay Bhardwaj, Chief Executive Officer, CHAIL
As of now the complex has four cargo sheds constructed through Galvalume pre-painted self-supported roofing and one pre-fabricated shed for perishable cargo. It is equipped with the latest equipment — cold room, reefer van, fork lifts, scissors lift, pallets, user-friendly weighing scale and trolleys — and high-security apparatus — closed-circuit television camera, X-ray machines, door frame metal detectors and explosive trace detection system.
“It was the need of the hour. At present, we have to send our consignments by road to the Delhi airport, where they are lined up for 24 to 48 hours before being loaded on to the aircraft, which takes a week’s time. Now, the cargo facility here will save our time. It will also promote ease of business.”~Yogesh Sagar, President, Mohali Industries Association